Director, Growth Initiatives

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Role: Director, Growth Initiatives

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Reports To: Chief Growth Officer 

About Hippo:

Hippo is modernizing home insurance by putting customers at the center of everything we do. Using innovative technology and a data-driven approach, we strive to provide homeowners with the best policies, best value, and best customer service in the industry. And as if that isn’t enough, it’s really just the beginning. Hippo’s true ambition lies in helping prevent people from experiencing problems with their homes to begin with. Because, at the end of the day, the best home insurance policy is the one you never have to use.

We’re seeking a Director, Growth Initiatives to join our team based in Palo Alto. The individual we are looking for is motivated by launching and scaling new business ventures as a true General Manager. This is someone who is not afraid of rolling up their sleeves to quickly determine the potential around different opportunities, and then working with internal and external partners to build the highest potential opportunities into scaled new business lines. This individual thrives on working with multiple stakeholders across an organization, sourcing and building partnerships, and solving highly analytical and operational problems. We're looking for someone who has experience in both management consulting and hands-on experience working within a Tech company.

About You

  • You are an owner; you have a proven ability to implement innovations from ideation to execution and scaling, establishing clear directions and objectives in support of business needs
  • You have a desire to take initiative, comfort with ambiguity, and a bias towards action
  • You are able to collaborate across functional areas and with external partners to define, prioritize and implement key initiatives and to hit or exceed business goals
  • You have the intellectual horsepower to think through and address various different business problems in parallel
  • You are detail oriented, flexible and have the ability to interact with and influence a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders

Responsibilities

  • Initiate and prove new venture opportunities in support of Hippo’s core business; lead initiatives end to end, partnering with internal stakeholders and external partners
  • Develop business cases to inform leadership of the opportunity, rationale, and operational plan to scale prioritized ventures
  • Help drive the operational cadence of various pilots to evaluate and inform the scaling of new strategic initiatives
  • Collaborate with multiple cross-functional partners, including product, engineering, sales, design, capital markets, finance and legal
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses and deliver insights to different stakeholders across a variety of business issues

Requirements

  • 10+ years of experience in strategy and business operations in Tech companies. Management consulting experience at a big three firm desired, but not required; will consider equivalent roles in corporate strategy, corporate development, etc.
  • Excellent leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and ability to both influence and develop strong partnerships at all levels
  • Exceptional business judgment with the ability to create sound frameworks to drive towards decisions and organizational alignment
  • Strong business intuition with the ability to understand consumer and partner psychology; ability to read between the lines of both quantitative and qualitative research
  • A core analytical skill set: strong quantitative and analytical chops
  • Experience in the residential real-estate space desired but not required
  • Bachelor’s degree; MBA from top-tier school desired

Compensation and Perks

  • Healthy Hippos Benefits- 100% Employer paid medical, dental & vision plan options for our team members AND their families (yes, you read that correctly). As well as 401K, long & short term disability, EAP and flexible spending accounts.
  • Flexible Paid Time Off- Uncapped PTO (with manager approval)
  • Hippo Habitat- Fun offices located in downtown Palo Alto, less than a 5 minute walk from Caltrain. We also offer commuter benefits including free parking pass. Stocked kitchen and BBQ Friday’s for all!

Hippo is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to building a team culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion.

Hippo’s applicants are considered solely based on their qualifications, without regard to an applicant’s disability or need for accommodation. Any Hippo applicant who requires reasonable accommodations during the application process should contact the Hippo’s People Team to make the need for an accommodation known.

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An Insider's view of Hippo Insurance

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Hippo’s office vibe is diverse, fun filled & collaborative. Weekly BBQs, office lunches, movies & concerts let employees have fun, bond & collaborate. Leadership cares about employees & prioritizes work life balance, which are the keys to success. Enthusiastic coworkers who believe in teamwork to finish tasks, create positive environment in office

Manjula

QA Engineer

What projects are you most excited about?

Being a start-up in an established industry means we get to utilize all the proven techniques & methods & directly innovate on them. These are the most exciting projects, when we tackle similar problems in new ways with new tech. Even better when we work with other teams – each Hippo brings unique ideas from other industries that we can draw from!

Chin

Associate, Actuarial & Risk

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

Whether it is a meeting, text or Slack I always make myself available to the team. I am committed to their success at Hippo and carve the time to empower and support their success. As a leader you have to provide a safe place to allow others to experiment, grow and innovate.

Anna

Vice President, People

What are Hippo Insurance Perks + Benefits

Hippo Insurance Benefits Overview

Hippo's benefit's and perks can't be beat, here are a few: -Healthy Hippos Benefits- 100% Employer paid medical, dental & vision plan options for our team members AND their families (yes, you read that correctly). -Flexible Paid Time Off -Little Hippos Program- We reimburse our team members up to $25k for adoption costs and up to $50k for -infertility treatments. Plus, we offer 12 weeks parental leave for primary caregivers and 6 weeks for secondary caregivers. -Hippo Meals & Snacks- We cater lunch in our office 4 times a week and we provide all the snacks & drinks our Hippos can handle daily. -Hippo Habitat- Our beautiful office located in downtown Palo Alto.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. We also provides 6 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
We reimburse up to 25,000 for eligible adoption expenses and 12 weeks of paid leave.
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Hippo treats its team members with the same level of dedication and care as we do our customers. Our CEO, Assaf Wand, views this company as an opportunity to care for one another like a family, which is why we’re fortunate to provide all of our Hippos with amazing benefits & perks.

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